Business Notes of Interest

Sadly, we have learned that after four decades in downtown Morrisville, Starfire Jewelry will be closing its doors forever at the end of March. Starfire, which rebranded as The Space a few years ago will be having an inventory liquidations sale in the coming weeks. With the advent of on-line retailing, apparently Starfire was another longtime Vermont retailer that could not survive people shopping in their pajamas.

Next door to The Space, it was surprising to see The Niche Restaurant go dark in early February after just 3 months of service and growing lines for dinner service. But it’s not all bad news because word on the street is that The Niche is looking to reopen in a new downtown Morrisville location this summer where they can continue to develop their own unique presence.

Going into The Niche’s former restaurant space at 74 Portland is Hot Tamales Mexican Restaurant. Chef and owner Cheryl has sold her tamales at the Morrisville Farmer’s market, among other places, for years. This will be her first restaurant operation since she had her restaurant in Johnson. Johnson’s loss is Morrisville’s gain!

Espressos and lattes are on the way back to Morrisville! Black Cap coffee recently inked a deal to lease the space at 53 Lower Main Street next to Pizza on Main. This is great news for those of you who have become caffeine-less zombies since The Bee’s Knees and Rogue Artisans have closed their doors. And apparently, the race is on to fill that high-end coffee void in downtown as there are rumors of another coffee shop opening adjacent to 10 Railroad Restaurant.